Monthly Archives: January 2014

Call for Posters Now Open for IHA’s Health Literacy Conference

Here is an announcement from the California-based Institute for Healthcare Advancement:

IHA GraphicThe Call for Posters is now open for the 13th Annual IHA Health Literacy Conference! Have you done work that addresses an issue related to health literacy? Implemented a program, or done research, that you would like to share with your like-minded colleagues in the health literacy community? Creating a poster is great way to do just that. And it’s easy! Click here to read the poster guidelines. Click here to look at some videos of poster presenters.

Are you registered yet? No? Well, click here to register now and take advantage of our low early bird registration rates!

The conference takes place May 7-9, 2014 at the  Hotel Irvine-Jamboree Center, Irvine, California, near Santa Ana/Orange County Airport (SNA). (See story below; this is the same hotel where we’ve had the conference since 2008.) Discounts offered for students, nonprofit or those who work for government agencies, as well as groups of 3 or more from one company.

Special extended preconference learning sessions are available on Wednesday, May 7. Click here to look at the conference brochure.  Click here to look at the conference agenda.

Arkansas Senior Health Project

senior-health-proj-screenshotPurpose:  We will train people who work with older adults on how to use the book What To Do For Seniors Health to help those they serve better understand their health. This easy-to-read book tells older adults and their caregivers about what to do to stay healthy and active, about the changes that come with aging, about health insurance, and how to get good health care. In partnership with the Arkansas Cancer Coalition, we will also provide material on screenings for the following cancers: breast, cervical, colorectal, lung and skin.

Who: Any person or organization that serves older adults is invited to participate. Eligible organizations include senior centers, clinics, libraries, churches, and community groups. Other groups helping older adults are also eligible.

How: Come to the free Mid-Winter Conference on January 23, 2014 hosted by the Partnership for Health Literacy in Arkansas. For details about the conference and how to register, please visit this page.

A Conference workshop will train attendees on how to use the Teacher’s Training Manual: A Resource Kit to help older adults and their caregivers use the book What To Do For Senior Health. Attendees will learn how to host a class or in-home visits to help older adults use the book.

What: Attendees will receive a free copy of the Teacher’s Training Manual and 10 free copies of the book to use for a class or in-home visits. Additional copies of the manual and book will be available at no cost as long as supplies last.

Download the flyer

Implications of Health Literacy for Public Health: A Workshop

A day-long workshop focusing on health literacy in public health was hosted by the Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Health Literacy on November 21, 2013.  A brief overview of the work of the Arkansas Department of Health and the Partnership for Health Literacy in Arkansas was presented by Dr. Jennifer Dillaha, who is the current PHLA Chair.  You can view the entire workshop by clicking here.

In addition, a commissioned paper exploring health literacy in public health in the United States was presented at the workshop.  It includes a case study on Arkansas and is freely available here.

We are proud of what we have been able to accomplish through the Arkansas Department of Health. Yet, this is only a fraction of the work being done around the state through the many people and organizations that are participating in the Partnership. This is something we can all be proud of.  Based on what we all accomplished together in 2013, 2014 is going to be an incredible year. Happy New Year!

Jennifer Dillaha, MD
Chair, Steering Committee
Partnership for Health Literacy in Arkansas